Brown-Forman master distiller to lead KDA board

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today that Master Distiller Chris Morris of Brown-Forman is the new chairman of the board for the 136-year-old group that promotes and protects the state’s signature bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Morris who was selected during the KDA…

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Double Cider-Bourbon Punch

  INGREDIENTS 4 cups apple cider 3 12-ounce bottles hard apple cider 2 12-ounce bottles ginger beer 2 cups seltzer 3 cups bourbon (From one 750 ml bottle; I used Maker’s Mark) Juice of 1 lemon Large apple for garnish…

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Shrunken Heads: One Ghoulish Garnish

So, you’ve whipped up your Witch’s Brew for Halloween, and it tastes appropriately wicked. But there’s … something … missing. Of course! You need some shrunken heads as a garnish. I’m here for you. And you don’t even have to…

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Great gift idea: Eagle Rare glasses

As a bourbon blogger, I have a lot of bottles of bourbon. I also have a lot of bourbon glassware. But until this week, what I didn’t have was bourbon glasses made from bourbon bottles. A Georgia company called Cave…

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Woodford Reserve Butterscotch Manhattan

  Several years back I was invited to Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience, a competition co-sponsored by the bourbon and Esquire magazine that was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum. While the judges sampled variations on the Manhattan mixed by the…

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Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Knowing that Halloween and Thanksgiving, the two holidays that revere The Great Pumpkin, are in our sights, the fine folks at Basil Hayden’s sent along this recipe. The resulting cocktail has a lovely orange hue and a pumpkin-pie essence; it’s…

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A whiskey emoji? >:-(

Our long national nightmare may soon be over: Starting next year, there may finally be an emoji for whiskey drinkers. The Unicode Consortium, which standardizes characters and emojis across operating systems, announced this week that this glass of whiskey on…

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Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel

90 proof; 18 years old $120/750ml suggested retail price The story: It’s back! After a three-year absence due to inventory shortages, Heaven Hill is again releasing Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon, which was introduced in 1994. As demand for the…

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Maker’s 46 Cask Strength

108-114 proof (this bottling is 108.9 proof); no age statement $40/375ml The story: In September 2014, Maker’s Mark began offering an uncut and unfiltered cask strength version of its bourbon (see my tasting notes here). That proved to be so…

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